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Make Way for Ducklings

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Hannah Griswold

on 20 April 2013

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Make Way For Ducklings by Hannah Griswold Artist Site Specific Sources Discussion Question About About Public Art Book Sculpture Located in Boston Public Garden, near Beacon and Charleston Streets in the Back Bay neighborhood The sculpture was inspired by the children's book "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey written in 1941 The sculpture Make Way for Ducklings is an example of public art Do you think the sculpture in Moscow has the same meaning as it has in Boston? Created in 1987 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Public Garden The sculpture is bronze and is 35 feet long with Mrs. Mallard reaching 38 inches high (a perfect height for children to play on) http://www.publicartboston.com/content/make-way-ducklings The book is about a family of ducks who make their home in Boston. With the help of a police officer, Mrs. Mallard, the mother duck, lead her ducklings across dangerous streets to get to the lagoon in the Public Garden http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/make-way-for-ducklings.html#.UWinlStNZZU http://www.schon.com/gallery/maquettes/maq-ducklings.php The sculpture is accessible to everyone because it is located in a public place (park) It is the one of the most popular attractions in Boston and attracts many kids who climb and play on it http://www.schon.com/about/index.php Nancy Schon Before she could make the sculpture,
she had to acquire the sponsorship of the Friends of the Boston Public Garden, have her design accepted by the Boston Art Commission, the Landmarks Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department and meet and work with the author of the book Robert McCloskey Nancy aims to create sculptures that are interactive, can be touched and played on and selects subjects for her artwork that teach a lesson and are connected to the location of the sculpture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Sch%C3%B6n Graduated from Boston’s Museum School and has lived in West Newton, Massachusettes for the last 47 years Along with Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, her famous artworks are located in Massachusetts. Tortoise and Hare is in Copley Square and “Winnie the Pooh” and “Eeyore” sculptures are at the Newton Free Library Make Way For Ducklings was designed specifically for the Public Garden located in Boston of its relationship with the book that was based in Boston If the sculpture was moved, it would lose all of its meaning In 1991, Barbara Bush gave an exact copy of this sculpture to Raisa Maksimovna Gorbacheva as part of the START Treaty, and the work is displayed in Moscow's Novodevichy Park http://a-a-ah.com/ducklings The lessons taught in Make Way for Ducklings are keeping promises and family values
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